This innovative Fine Art course has been specifically designed to develop creative practice and equip learners with a range of specific and transferable knowledge and skills required to begin a successful career as a visual artist or other creative practitioner. (see PROGRESSION)

The course is  inter-disciplinary and covers 2D and 3D fine art practice including; drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance art, sound art, digital, still and moving image artwork.

The course is project based and learners respond to a range of creative project briefs designed to challenge and inspire. As well as encouraging critical thinking and individual creativity learners will develop a range of entrepreneurial and communication skills necessary to succeed as a contemporary visual artist or in employment.

Learning takes the form of seminars, project work, group critiques, individual tutorials, demonstrations and study visits. All lecturers are highly qualified and experienced artists with national and international exhibition, research and project experience. Lecturers also have a range of teaching experience including delivery on Fine Art degree programmes at Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Alongside an excellent Visiting Artists  & Professional Practice programme this ensures that the course is, and remains highly relevant to the professional aspirations of contemporary students.

Entry Requirements:

2 Higher Grades A-C – preferably Art and English and 4 Standard Grades at credit (1-2).


Successful completion of a relevant National Certificate / Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or a recognised equivalent.
Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered
Candidates who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of recent artwork including drawing, sketchbook development, 2D, 3D and digital artwork that clearly demonstrates an ability to successfully complete the course.

On course requirements:
In Year 1: You will study a range of units with an emphasis on the exploration and development of both method and material. These include developmental drawing, contemporary 2D practice, contemporary 3D practice, conceptual processes and digital art form. In Year 2: You will study units, which allow you to further examine and develop your personal artistic identity. Under the guidance of lecturers you will develop your own approach and methodology; this will give you the time and space to develop a greater contextual understanding of your subject and your personal identity within your work.

Method of Study:
This is a full-time; 5-day week; studio based creative visual art course. All learners on this course are given a personal studio space. Learners will experience a variety of study methods including directed and self directed studio practice, project work, lectures, presentations, group & 1-2-1 tutorials, demonstrations and seminars.

Course work is continually assessed over the year through group crits, presentations one to one studio tutorials and portfolio submission. Students receive regular written and oral feedback throughout the course. Each year culminates in an practical graded project where students can gain grades of A, B, C or Not Achieved.

Work Experience:
Throughout the course candidates are given a number of opportunities to exhibit their artwork culminating in a Diploma Show Exhibition in a professional exhibition space outside of college. Candidates work together and with professional artists and venues to produce and distribute marketing material, prepare spaces and acquire resources.  This provides an invaluable practical, professional working experience.

International students:
You must have IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL Paper 513 and above, TOEFL CBT 183 and above, TOEFL IBT 65 and above. You must have a High School Diploma with good marks in subjects relating to what you want to study (e.g. 55% at 10+2 in India). Please request the International Entry Requirments brochure. You may develop your own practice as a Professional Artist, or work in related areas in galleries and community arts, or proceed to Degree courses at national and international colleges. Previous students have gained entry to Scottish and English colleges at both 1st, 2nd and 3rd year level.

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